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Looking to autumn: What we learned about OU in spring

By Jake Trotter Modified: April 13, 2009 at 9:06 am •  Published: April 13, 2009
NORMAN — With the Red-White Spring Game in the books, Oklahoma has only fall camp before the Sept. 5 season opener against Brigham Young.

Below is some of what we learned about the 2009 Sooners from the spring, as well as some of what we’ve yet to find out:

What we learned
The defensive front is stockpiled with depth and talent

Clearly, the most impressive unit of the Red-White game was the defensive front, which boasts five capable defensive ends, including standouts Auston English, Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander, and enough linebackers to go three-deep in the middle and both outside spots. Injuries crippled the defensive front last year. But with this much depth, the Sooners should be able to overcome any injuries to defensive end or linebacker next season.

→The rebuilt wide receiving corps is good enough for OU to win big

Despite losing three of its top four receivers, OU quickly reloaded at wide receiver, thanks to the shrewd move of shifting Ryan Broyles to the outside, and bumping third-team running back Mossis Madu to the slot. That, combined with the emergence of spring MVP Adron Tennell, has allowed OU to put its best skill players on the field at once. The group is deep, as well, with Dejuan Miller, Jameel Owens, Brandon Caleb and Cameron Kenney sure to contribute.